Monday, March 20, 2006

The Denver Post discusses the academic connection in Metabolite

An article titled "CU profs taking patent to justices" identifies the academic connection in the Metabolite case:

The test was developed in the 1980s by CU [Colorado University] professors Robert Allen and Sally Stabler and the late John Lindenbaum of Columbia University in New York.

The professors, their universities and two related companies - Metabolite Laboratories and Competitive Technologies Inc. - sued Laboratory Corp. of America in 1999, claiming patent infringement and breach of contract. They alleged that Lab Corp, a publicly traded company based in Burlington, N.C., failed to pay royalties for using their tests.

The justices said they will rule on the issue of whether the CU group's patent can "validly claim a monopoly over a basic scientific relationship used in medical treatment."


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